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you know i'm having a bad day. i think ds1 and I are going to eat mcdonalds for lunch. the dishes are piled high. the laundry is piled up. maybe i should keep disposables or paper towels here for days like these but then i'm afraid i will use them all the time. i wanted to get some earths best baby food for days like this but it seems like it is all pureed or totally inappropriate for an infant...like allergenic or white flour noodles with cheese.<br><br>
dh is sick and working 12 + hour days. the kids are not sleeping well. i go to bed with them at 8pm.<br><br>
so do you allow some non-nfl convenience items. what is the first thing you let go? your priorities? i know bananas are fast and freezer items but i'm gonna run out of those soon and going to the store isn't happening today! ideas?
 

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If you're talking foods and convenience, I gave my babies ANYTHING we ate - I never bought a jar of food ever, seems like a waste of money to me (not to mention it's so much easier just to open the fridge or cupboard and feed them, instead of "thinking" about it)... so if you have a can of tuna, or some meatballs, or a pb&j sandwich, grilled cheese, etc. etc. etc., something like that will feed an infant just fine....
 

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You are looking for convenience ideas for a 6/7 month old? Bananas, yogurt, Gerber has these little freeze dried organic fruits we like to keep on hand, I also found Gerber has these little cheese puff type things (we were excited because we are gluten intolerant and these don't have gluten) - my 9 month old can handle them, before we went no-gluten we got some milage out of organic "o" cereals (with older babies), we like the thicker purees for days we don't want to figure out how to feed a 7 month old steak and salad.<br><br>
*sigh* I miss the days when I could make grilled cheese or pb sandwhiches! (the "usual" advice is to avoid peanut butter with infants) With crubbly old gluten free bread, it's just a big pitb. With my toddler we do alot of cheese sticks, or I make a roll up with nitrate free lunch meat (Hormel makes it now) and a piece of cheese. We are bad about veggies here...<br><br>
I do paper products - one day when I'm not pregnant with 2 under 3, I'll work on that.
 

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as far as baby food, if I'm not in the mood or don't have anything good (example: we are extremely low on cash this month and have been eating tons of really cheap yucky food to get by, and I'm not feeding DD that stuff! I haven't seen a fruit or veggie in a week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) I'll just go back to exclusive nursing. If I read it right, your DS2 is 7 months, right? My DD is 8.5 months and has only eaten solids once this week because I'm picky about what I'll give her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
I also have a box of organic wheat free maple teething biscuits to give her if I really need a few minutes of her being occupied. So I guess those are my convenience food. I have also been known to use up my sposies we had for vacations or camping because I'm too stressed to do laundry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: but I've been out of those for a few months now, so I pretty much have to do my diapers now or I have a naked baby!<br>
most of my bad convenience stuff is for me.....like if I'm too busy to eat lunch, I have a whole stash of candy to sneak into and eat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
I guess I don't feel as bad messing up my own body with all that junk....
 

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Trader Joe's has gluten free toaster waffles. I lightly toast that, cut it into strips, and with a banana, that's lunch. If you do wheat, they also have whole grain waffles and really good organic bread for toast strips.<br><br>
Whole Foods carries Cheddar Bunnies and Teddy Puffs. My baby is really good at chewing, so if you have a gagger/choker, you might want to skip these, but I've found them invaluable.<br><br>
Those things plus yogurt and avocado are my staples.
 

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these are great ideas<br><br>
the baby demands food so no ebf here!<br><br>
i'm reluctant to give peanut butter, corn, strawberries. he has had most of the other no-no's. i bought 2 boxes of annie's bunnies and 4 bags of snap peas for ds1 and they are almost all gone. we bought them a week ago. i guess i need to just keep more food around...yogurt, froz waffles, all great ideas thanks.
 

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While I was making lunch, I saw applesauce in the pantry - that's a good one - and also we sometimes get canned fruit and that's alot softer than most fresh fruit (or you can can your own which I think of as a compromise between fresh only and purchasing canned food). Also I've had good luck with frozen organic veggies. I can take a small portion of peas or carrots and heat it on the stove real quick - it's soft, quick, and decently healthy. I tend to get in a rut with food myself - when I visit people I try to make note of at least 1 meal they eat that might work for us - seems silly, but even ordinary foods like meatloaf fall off my radar sometimes and can be a real treat when I rediscover them.
 

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Days like those (and today is one) I end up eating oatmeal two meals a day. Cup of oatmeal, cup of boiling water, then dried fruit, shredded coconut and a spoonful of coconut oil. Helps keep my supply up and easy enough to eat with a child in the other arm. I use a big spoon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Other than that, crockopot has saved me. An $.89 bag of beans makes a really decent dinner and in the crockpot I don't really have to touch it all day long. And it's gotta be better even non-organic than the artificial flavors and whatevers in fast food. Not that I don't get fast food every now than then <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:but this is both cheaper and I don't have to get out of my jammies. I don't always get fresh fruit or veggies either.<br><br>
For laundry, for some reason DD really likes to sit in a laundry basket and play with the squirt bottle I keep in the laundry room. It's like the one laundry room toy she can't have anywhere else so it's always interesting.<br><br>
But I totally hear ya. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Lately, I've had a few of those days. I just try to focus on the important things like what's absolutely needed. Diapers only, I can wear the same shirt a few days if I need to. Diapers get dried in the dryer instead of being hung up outside. Decent food or I start to get sick, and then DD starts to get sick. I start turning down obligations and people tend to understand (though I had one "but you only have *one* child" comment, heh). I figure, I gotta survive.<br><br>
Hope things get better soon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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I have some disposable dishes I keep around, usually leftover from parties or whatever. They're good when we're out and I can't get to washing them. Frozen veggies are easy, not all that non nfl but conveinant for sure. DS loves peas so if he needs a snack fast I microwave *duck* them in a mug with a little water, now there's where the anti nfl comes in. Sometimes we buy frozen pizza or veggie lasagna.
 

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Frozen waffles, cereal, oatmeal (we like the thick cut cooked with raisins), fruit, frozen veggies (eaten frozen!!), yogurt,frozen meals I made earlier and froze part of it, pizza, dump soup (dump a couple cans of beans, corn, tomatoes, maybe some chicken or leftover meat, heat and eat with corn chips). Oh, and pancakes that I freeze when I cook them.
 

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This weekend Whole Foods had microwavable Amy's meals on sale, so I blew my budget and bought tons of them. Sometimes I don't get around to eating until the girls are in bed, and by then I'm exhausted. Dh is a pilot so he's gone on trips for 4-5 days a week, so I'm in "single mom" mode much of the time. When Dh is home or when I feel like staying up late, I make large batches of waffles, casseroles, gumbo, pesto, etc and freeze them in small/med portions to be heated in the future.<br>
Housework? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That's what seven year olds are for<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: . I am a world class procrastinator and leave cleaning the house till the night before Dh is supposed to come home, then do a mad scramble to wash dishes, laundry, de-clutter the dining table and counters, etc. Oh well, at least I remember to feed the cats!
 

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I totally hear you on this one. Dh and I used paper products...ALOT when dd was first born. We finally stopped when she was 3 months but I keep papertowels and paper plates for those days when the dishes and laundry are everywhere(we have a half size washer and dryer and no dishwasher). I keep some organic frozen meals for myself from Walmart. Target has organic frozen pizza. I don't have any suggestions for your dc2 as mine isn't on solids.<br><br>
We do use disposables a times and usually have a pack for when my PPD rears its ugly head! Not using cloth dipes is actually one of the ways I know my depression is returning! We do have fast food occasionally. I would actually say that having some organic jared baby food wouldn't be a bad idea just in case of an emergency- not sure where you are but we had a storm here this winter and many people had no power for about a week.
 

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On another note, sometimes when I am having one of those days, it really helps my morale to get out & get some fresh air, even if it is just a walk around the neighborhood.<br><br>
You asked what is the first to go - for me I know I am stressed and overly busy when I start getting lax about recycling. You know, instead of washing out that messy jar I pitch it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: I don't do it often, truly, but that is usually my indicator that I need to get a grip & reprioritize.<br><br>
Also, ordering in pizza is a big stress-buster for me. I often do this when dh works in the evening. And letting the kids have a "movie night". Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!<br><br>
I do think moderation is key. If you need to sacrafice some things for your sanity, then that's what you have to do. We are not helping ourselves or our children by being totally stressed out & exhausted.<br><br>
Hugs mama. I hope it gets better soon.
 
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